HC Deb 09 July 1957 vol 573 cc198-9
52. Captain Pilkington

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why voters in the Nigerian elections are required to sign a declaration to the effect that they have not been sentenced to death or to imprisonment for a term exceeding six months and have not suffered such punishment.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

This requirement, which applies to electors in the urban registration areas in the Northern Region and to electors in regional elections in the Western Region and in the Southern Cameroons, is a means of drawing attention to the disqualification.

Captain Pilkington

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this is causing a certain amount of bewilderment out there? Would it be possible to revise the phrasing of the regulation?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As soon as I saw the Question, I decided that that was a desirable follow-up.

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